Carolinas HealthCare System brings jobs, emergency services to Mint Hill

By Michele Dotson

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University

Keynote speaker Bill Leonard, president of Carolinas Medical Center-University, spoke on the state of healthcare reform and the impact Carolinas HealthCare System has on the Mint Hill area.

The April 24 Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting was held at Pine Lake Country Club.

Leonard described how the unintended consequences of the 2,000-plus page healthcare reform bill have proved challenging, not only to consumers, but also to healthcare providers.

“For the first time ever, Carolinas Healthcare projected a loss based on cuts in government reimbursement for Medicare and Medicaid,” says Leonard.  Continue reading

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Dog silhouettes deter geese at town hall

By Michele Dotson

First came the new Mint Hill Town Hall.

Then came the geese.

 Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Dog decoys were recently purchased by the Town of Mint Hill to deter geese from making their home in the open are in front of the building. The silhouettes move constantly in the breeze and have proven effective at keeping the geese, and their messy droppings, at bay.

Drawn to the open space and newly planted grass, they came in numbers. First flocking to the grassy area, they soon began to wander the sidewalks and walk boldly up to the front doors.

Visitors soon had to dodge goose droppings, which are not only unsightly, but they can also be a health hazard.

To combat the problem humanely, the town purchased two dog silhouettes, which measure 24 inches high and 34 inches from tail to nose.

The dogs are made out of weather resistant plastic and are guaranteed to last three to four years. Continue reading

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Discover Mint Hill set for May 3

By Michele Dotson

discovery mint hill signDiscover Mint Hill is an annual event that brings citizens together with civic, cultural and historical groups. The event helps people learn about Mint Hill’s history, and how to get involved.

The event will take place at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

Organizers invite participants to stroll through the village and see what civic groups are doing to sup-port adults and children in need, how the cultural groups teach and develop talents, and how history is being preserved in Mint Hill. Continue reading

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Meeting sets stage for next year’s budget

A budget workshop was held at Mint Hill Town hall Wednesday, April 16. The purpose of the meeting was for departments within the town to review their operating budgets and discuss future needs.

“There’s not a whole lot of change in the way of expenses for next year,” says Town Manager Brian Welch. “Mostly we’re just maintaining what we’ve got.”

The police department is planning to purchase two new police cars to replace older cars that have high mileage. There is also discussion about adding an additional police position. Continue reading

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Commissioner charged with simple assault

A warrant was issued for Commissioner Lloyd Austin for an alleged assault on his neighbor.

Austin turned himself in to police on Wednesday, April 16 and was released on bond.

According to reports, the neighbor claims Austin threw rocks and dirt in his face, then punched him in the back of the neck.

Austin declined comment on the incident.

Town Manager Brian Welch also declined comment, saying Austin’s situation is personal business and not a town matter.

The town by-laws do not specify any specific consequences for alleged misconduct of a commissioner.

“I’m not aware of anything,” says Welch. “I would imagine if any actions are warranted, it would be after adjudication.”

Austin’s next court date is set for June.

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Mint Hill home to potters who love to share their craft

By Michele Dotson

The showroom at Log Cabin Pottery is inviting and full of ceramic arts; decorative wall hangings, mugs, tea pots, bowls and more are available for sale. A majority of the pottery sales goes to the potters’ respective churches.

The showroom at Log Cabin Pottery is inviting and full of ceramic arts; decorative wall hangings, mugs, tea pots, bowls and more are available for sale. A majority of the pottery sales goes to the potters’ respective churches.

If you love pottery, there is no doubt that Mint Hill is the place to be.

Working quietly in home studios, garages, and even an historic log cabin, these clay artists are giving the town a reputation for quality, functional and artistic clay works.

“Pineville is known for its antiques,” says potter Charles Beard (better known as Doc). “I think Mint Hill should be known for its pottery.”

Doc, who owns Log Cabin Pottery on Lebanon Road has seen an increase in interest for the pottery he creates, and the two other potters who share his space. Continue reading

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